It’s time to chat about homeschool nature study…
We are a family of nature lovers!
We live in New England and we get outside almost every single day. If you are on Instagram, you can follow our daily adventures via our stories.
The Best Nature Study Resources for Your Homeschool
Nature study does not have to be intimidating! Today, I am sharing super-simple and super-fun ideas to add to your homeschool routine.
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Our current favorite resource for homeschool nature study
As I mentioned, we are a family of nature lovers. We’d much rather be outdoors than indoors. We hike almost daily and love when we make nature discoveries. We’ve seen moose, foxes, owls, porcupines, and so much more!
That said, I am terrible at planning nature study in our homeschool.
That’s why I love No Sweat Nature Study! Cindy West is an incredible and energetic teacher and she does all of the work for you.
Want to know what’s even better?
No Sweat Nature Study includes so much more than a simple nature study. Your children will work on art, writing, scientific observation, math, geography, and much more!
We love the live classes so much. They have become one of our favorite homeschool activities and we’ve all learned a ton!
No Sweat Nature Study membership includes the following:
- Two live classes per week (with recordings available if you can’t attend live)
- Printable packets for each class
- Access to the complete video library (it’s an absolute treasure trove!)
- Free access to the entire series of No Sweat Nature Study curriculum
- 25% off the Our Journey Westward shop
- … and a value-packed newsletter!
Another excellent homeschool nature study curriculum that we have used for many years…
I know I gush about it all the time, but Exploring Nature with Children: A Complete, Year-Long Curriculum is my absolute favorite homeschool nature study resource.
I love it because it is affordable and easy-to-use, whether you are outdoors daily or just getting started.
This is how we use Exploring Nature with Children in our homeschool:
Speaking of curriculum, I get a lot of questions about our curriculum choices …
I get a lot of questions about our curriculum choices. You can read more here:
- Gifted Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year by Year: A Resource Page
- Homeschool Curriculum: How to Ditch the Schedule and Embrace a Lifestyle
Nature Explorer Backpacks are a super-simple way to encourage homeschool nature study
Here are some ideas for what to put in your pack:
Amazing homeschool nature study books
I am continually amazed by the growth I see in my children when I add high-quality picture books to our existing curriculum… and we love nature books!
Here are a few of our favorite books for homeschool nature study:
- The Best Nature Journaling Books for Creativity and Inspiration
- Nature Lovers Will Adore This Jim Arnosky Author Study
- Gardening Books and Resources for Your Little Nature Lover
- Delight Animal Lovers With A Nicola Davies Author Study!
- Animal Helpers in History
- A Month of Animal Books
- Simple Summer Learning with “100 Backyard Activities”
Here are some fantastic homeschool nature study books:
And here are some nature study books for grown-ups:
Gameschooling with awesome nature games
It wouldn’t be a Cait article without some incredible games!
These games would be perfect for homeschool nature study:
Don’t forget to add incredible documentaries!
CuriosityStream is the best $2.99 I spend each month.
Our family has access to high-quality on-demand educational documentaries without commercial interruption…for less than the cost of one of those fancy Starbucks beverages!
You can read more here:
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Super-simple homeschool nature study ideas
- Simple Bee Study with Candle Making & Honey
- Simple Pond Study
- Forts: The Original STEM Challenge
- Fairy House STEM
- Hands-On Animal Study with Spielgaben